Board of Trustees Directory

David Bailey

Chairman of the Board; Consultant and Lobbyist, David Bailey Associates

Education

A.A., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
B.A., History & Speech, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee
M.Div., Psychiatry & Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
M.A., American Civilization, New York University, New York City
S.T.D., Pastoral Studies, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo

Bio

David Bailey is president of David Bailey Associates, a full-service public relations, government affairs, and lobbying firm located immediately adjacent to the state capital in Richmond, Virginia. He publishes a quarterly magazine, Virginia Capitol Connections, as well as a legislative directory. Additionally, he hosts a weekly TV show, “This Week in Richmond,” where he interviews state legislators and administrators. Over the years he has been appointed by Governors and the General Assembly to serve on a wide variety of boards and commissions. He has also pastored a number of Virginia Baptist churches.

His service to his alma mater includes serving on the Board of Trustees since 2008 (which he currently chairs), including service on the Advancement Committee and chairing the Committee on Trustees. He also chairs the Capturing the Imagination Campaign, is a member of the RAM Booster Club, and is a founding member of the RAM Football Booster Club. He has also served as president of the Bluefield College Alumni Association. He even taught American History during the 1966-67 academic year.

David and his wife, Judith, reside in Richmond. They have two grown daughters, Kristen and Lisa. David enjoys photography, writing, entertaining, and playing with grandchildren in his free time. He is also known for performing as Mark Twain.

Rebecca Beckett

Teacher

Bio

Christ Episcopal Church
Bluefield, West Virginia

Thomas Brewster

Joshua Cornett

Assistant Principal, Staunton River High School

Education

B.S., Mathematics, Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia

Bio

Josh Cornett is an assistant principal at Staunton River High School in Bedford County, Virginia. He started his teaching career at Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County, teaching Algebra. He was named the 2008 Jefferson Forest High School Teacher of the Year. Josh began his career as an assistant principal in Bedford County in 2009, after serving as a teacher for six years.

Josh is a 2003 graduate of Bluefield College. During his time at Bluefield, he played varsity baseball and served as a student ambassador, Student Union Board President, and Student Government President.

Josh married his college sweetheart, Heather, who is also a 2003 Bluefield College graduate. Josh and Heather have one son, Porter, and are expecting another child in November 2014. The Cornetts reside in Bedford County (VA). Josh is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Virginia Tech and anticipates graduation in 2015. Josh enjoys watching the Baltimore Orioles, collecting autographs, and metal detecting.

David Dockery

Pastor

Bio

First Baptist Church
Princeton, West Virginia

Patricia Douglas

Vice President and Bookkeeper, Douglas Equipment

Education

B.S., Mathematics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Bio

Patricia Kelly Douglas was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. She attended W.V.U., where she graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics. She and her husband, Larry, moved to Bluefield (WV), and in 1976, they began their first business. With Larry as President, Patricia handles the financial side of their corporation. Today, they are known for Douglas Equipment, a national wholesaler of food service and restaurant equipment. They have a government bid and Internet presence, as well as regional installation and a service department.

Patricia enjoyed tennis as a player and as a high school coach. Now, she mentors high school students, travels, and entertains in her free time. The Douglass worship with friends through North Point Church Online in their home.

The Douglas family includes Lance and Emily Douglas, Kelly and Adam Johnson, and their five grandchildren.

Michael DuVal

Pastor

Bio

Journey Church
Roanoke, Virginia

Keith Edwards

Trustee Emeritus

Gordon Grimes

Chairman of the Committee on Trustees; Private Financial Advisor and Senior VP at SunTrust Bank

Education

Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia – Business Administration with Concentration in Management
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina – Certificate in Financial Planning
Securities Licensed – 7, 66, 24; Life, Disability and Long Term Care Insurance

Bio

Gordon Grimes is the Private Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President for SunTrust Private Wealth Management in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gordon instills his business philosophy into each client relationship – combining a superior client service ethic with an experienced team based approached to achieve our client’s goals. This team based approach gives our clients deep expertise in Retirement and Estate Planning, Investment Management, Trusts, Business Succession, Liquidity Management, and Banking and Insurance Solutions.

Gordon graduated from Bluefield College in 1994. He joined the board in 2012. Gordon shares a great family legacy with Bluefield College. He met his lovely wife, Lora Napier Grimes, during his time at Bluefield. His parents, Gordon Grimes Sr and Iva Roberts Grimes both attended Bluefield in the early 60’s and married shortly after graduating. In addition, Lora’s mother, Janie Sink Napier also graduated from Bluefield in the mid 1960’s.

Gordon and Lora have three wonderful children. Gordon’s other charitable interests include involvement with the Frances Lacy Foundation, former treasurer and board member for the Burning Coal Theatre, service as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher along with several other roles within Hayes Barton Baptist Church, YMCA’s Triangle Y-Guides and past chairman of the Parkinson’s Center of Raleigh.

Michael Harris

Pharmacist

Bio

Destiny Outreach Ministries
Bluefield, Virginia

William Hartsfield

Pastor

Bio

Temple Baptist
Covington, Virginia

Bob Houck

Farmer and Farm Credit of the Virginias Retiree

Education

A.S., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
B.S., Business Administration, VPI, Blacksburg, Virginia

Bio

Bob Houck is a beef farmer of a cow/calf operation. He worked primarily at Culpeper Coop and Farm Credit. He was a loan officer, branch manager, and Sr. Vice President of Finance and Administrative Service with Farm Credit. Bob is an active Ruritan member of the Lignum club and has been active on the district and national levels in Ruritan. He served as National Director, National Secretary, National Vice President, and was the 1987 National President. Bob also served as a trustee of the Ruritan National Foundation and as the 2007 President of the Foundation. He began serving on the Culpeper County School Board in 2009. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Culpeper, Virginia.

Cookie Johnson

Bio

Gardners Chapel Primitive Baptist (Bristol, Virginia)
Bluefield, Virginia

Sid Lanier

Retired Quality Assurance Analyst for Anheuser-Busch

Bio

Williamsburg Community Chapel
Williamsburg, Virginia

Chris Lawson

Secretary of the Board of Trustees; Executive Pastor, Reynolda Church

Education

B.A., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
M.Div., Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston Salem, North Carolina
M.A., American Religious Traditions, Wake Forest University
D.Min. (with Dissertation), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Bio

Chris Lawson serves as the Executive Pastor of Reynolda Church, a growing multisite congregation, alive in the Spirit, contemporary in worship, and brimming with the good news of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Chris is particularly interested in how God leverages both the church and culture to make the name of His son known and renowned in the world.

Lawson graduated summa cum laude from Bluefield College in 2001. In addition, he holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in American Religious History from Wake Forest University, where he received the Samuel & Sarah Wait Fellowship in Theology & Ministry and Wake Forest Graduate Fellowship, and a Doctorate of Ministry (with Dissertation) from Fuller Theological Seminary.

In addition to his local church ministry, Chris serves as the Chief Creative Officer of the non-profit organization The Essential Group: a group of creative thinkers who strive to provide essential resources and serves to empower churches in effectively reaching families through their students and training young leaders to change their world.

Chris and his beautiful wife, Merri, have three very extraordinary children, Adam, Ellie, and Zachary, and their delightful, twelve-pound puppy, Lucy! They reside in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where the sky is always Carolina Blue!

Jack Marcom

Bio

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Camden McLaughlin

Self-Employed

Bio

Blacksburg Baptist
Blacksburg, Virginia

Sarah Reid

Spotsylvania County Schools Middle School Coordinator, Special Services

Bio

Mechanicsville Baptist Church
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Kenneth Russell

CEO, Cottages Group, Inc.

Bio

Abingdon Baptist Church
Abingdon, Virginia

Charlotte Sacre

Bio

Bluefield, Virginia

Craig Stout

Wistar Trent

Retired Banker

Bio

First Baptist (Lynchburg)
Richmond, Virginia

Susan Tussey

Retired Elementary Teacher

Bio

Cool Spring Baptist Church
Mechanicsville, Virginia

Charles Warren

Retired Teacher, Researcher, and Senior Administrator

Bio

Christ Episcopal
Blacksburg, Virginia

William Winfrey

Vice-Chairman of the Board; Attorney

Bio

First Baptist Church
Princeton, West Virginia


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